Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009.

The premieres of "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" delivered huge numbers for CBS, while "The Good Wife" also had a strong opening. 

Also, ABC had a so-so premiere for "The Forgotten" and The CW's "Melrose Place" reboot continues to slide.

Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 4.0 rating for the night, beating FOX's 3.3 rating and the 3.2 rating for ABC. NBC was a sold fourth with a 2.9 rating, leaving The CW in last with a 0.9 rating in the coveted demographic. 

Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 17.35 million viewers to go with a 10.8 rating/17 share. ABC was second with an 8.8/14 and 13.3 million viewers. NBC was a distant third with a 4.6/7, followed by FOX's 4.0/6. The CW trailed with a 1.3/2.

CBS swept the primetime hours starting at 8 p.m. with a 12.0/19 for "NCIS," which averaged nearly 20 million viewers and also led the hour in the key demo with a 4.6 rating. ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was second with a 9.4/15. The first hour of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was third, beating the 3.9/6 for FOX's "Hell's Kitchen." The CW's "90210" had a 1.5/2 for fifth.

The "NCIS" spinoff "NCIS: Los Angeles" held up well in the 9 p.m. hour with an 11.1/17 for CBS, averaging more than 18.3 million viewers and holding onto most of its demo lead-in. ABC's "Dancing" improved to a 10.7/16 in its second hour. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was also up, doing a 5.0/8, still ahead of FOX's "Hell's Kitchen." The CW's "Melrose Place" was down to a 1.0/2 and 1.45 million viewers in its third airing.

The premiere of "The Good Wife" had a 9.2/16 for CBS in the 10 p.m. hour, averaging 13.72 million viewers and a 3.1 rating in the key demographic, a very good (but maybe not great) start. ABC's premiere of "The Forgotten" had a 6.3/11, showing comparable "Dancing" retention to "Castle." NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" had a bit of a bounce-back after Monday's series lows.


All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.


A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.